95 Points - Bob Campbell MW The Real Review March 2021
"One of the best examples of Elston that I can recall tasting. Crisp, dry chardonnay with reduced malolactic fermentation. An elegant wine with a mineral thread and grapefruit, lemon curd, hazelnut and Baguette crust flavours. February 2021"

94 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
"Fine creamy and fruit centric, a harmonious bouquet of fresh cream and vanilla, a finer gunflint moment showing off the mineral side of the wine, white smoke and tense toasty barrel moments. Dry, weighty, tense and alluring. Great texture with a core of fruit. Very youthful too with lots of acidity. A mix of fruit flavours with stone fruits and tree fruits, citrus with a whisper of pineapple. A lovely wine, very young. Best from 2022 through 2028+.

95 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim wineorbit.co.nz February 2021
"This is splendidly styled and composed, showing white fleshy peach, lemon peel, nougat and roasted cashew notes on the nose, followed by a finely styled palate delivering creamy mouthfeel and silky flow. It’s beautifully poised and harmonious with elegant complexity, making it immensely captivating and attractive. At its best: 2022 to 2032."

5 Stars - Michael Cooper NZ Listener February 2021
"This refined wine was grown on the hillsides above the winery at Havelock North, in the Bridge Pa Triangle and at Dartmoor. Weighty, with a fragrant, complex bouquet, it has deep, peachy, citrusy flavours gently seasoned with oak and a savoury, finely poised finish."

95 Points - Bob Campbell MW Gourmet Traveller Wine May 2021
"Perhaps it is vine age, winemaker experience and/or a top vintage, but this is one of the best examples of Elston Chardonnay I can recall tasting. Elegant with a mineral thread, grapefruit, lemon curd, hazelnut and baguette crust flavours. I love it!"

A brilliant white-gold in the glass, Elston Chardonnay ’19 has the immediate aroma of fresh golden nectarines, passionfruit and grilled pineapple. Lush, ripe acid drives the wine’s length and balance, bringing the mouthfeel from ripe sweet lemon and white peach, to crème brûlée, roasted cashew, popcorn, to mineral tones and flint. As complex fruit becomes savoury in the long finish, the liveliness of Elston Chardonnay ’19 gives way to elegance. This is an Elston for the ages.

Elston ’19 will continue to evolve in bottle for five years from harvest.





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Salad, Cheeses, Chicken, Pork, Seafood